For Luke Berger and his friends, Rollins, Sean, Connor, and Hudson, the days of playing basketball and scootering on the UP Sport Court before and after school are numbered. While a basketball court at the new school site is pending, there is doubt that it will be the secluded sanctuary when it is placed right next to a major roadway. This is one of many luxuries these first and second graders may not be able to experience again.
Their new school looks quite different then it will when these kids can attend it. Construction is estimated to come to a close in the fall of 2017, put logistical issues could potentially push that date back to early December. In the meantime, the kids can only imagine what their new school will look like, as only the rough outlines have been constructed to this point.
Perhaps the greatest tragedy in this school move is fact that the old school, a staple of University Park, will be torn down along with its many playgrounds. The city has yet to decide on what construction will entail, but what was once not only a hangout after school but also during weekends will soon be covered in an assortment of housing developments and designer stores.
Another drawback of the new school is its placement, right on Northwest Highway. While yes, the current school is located on Lovers Lane, it is no where near the level of loudness and importance of the former. This arises an issue of safety, not only during school hours, but also before and after when kids play outside.